Summer reading: Angle of Repose

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Angle of Repose
Wallace Stegner

Stegner’s novel, one of my all-time favorites, is relevant to the “Between Worlds” theme because, while it is set in the recent modern day, the main character, a history professor at UC Berkeley, is writing a book about his grandparents’ westward migration along the American frontier, where they often must reconcile civilized east and wild west. I read this during my junior year as an undergraduate and did not want it to end.

SARA QUIGLEY
Senior Data Visualization Analyst
Office of Planning and Analysis

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

 


Summer reading: The 57 Bus

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The 57 Bus: A true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives
Dashka Slater

This gripping read explores the different worlds of race, gender, class, and privilege and how they explosively collide on a bus traveling from Berkeley to Oakland.

SUSAN EDWARDS
Head, Social Sciences Division & Social Welfare Librarian
Social Research Library

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt

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The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth
Ken Krimstein

A brilliant and deeply moving graphic memoir about the life and thoughts of the philosopher Hannah Arendt—who by fate was forced reinvent her life several times—surviving harrowing escapes from country to country: from Germany and France and to the United States. Krimstein explains Arendt’s ideas with clarity and wit, and those ideas still resonate. That alone is quite a feat! This is a story of a life as relevant now as it was then.

KAREN MØLLER
Senior Lecturer
Scandinavian Languages Coordinator
Department of Scandinavian

 

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes

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Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
Daniel Everett

His original goal was to learn the Piraha language to translate the Bible in order to convert them; however, by the end of his long sojourn in the Amazon, Daniel Everett found himself not only with a new understanding of language but also with a different view of life and spirituality which, ultimately, brought him to abandon his faith.

The book has three different currents running through it and mixing through the pages. It’s a memoir describing the events in the author’s life–his struggles both practical, due to living in minimalist environment with his family, but also, increasingly as time goes by, emotional and spiritual as he starts to question beliefs he had long held. It’s an anthropological study reporting the habits, beliefs, and culture of a isolated, very small community of natives in the Amazon. And it’s a study on a language that defies the linguistic theories that Everett knew and which put him on a collision course with his MIT colleague Noam Chomsky.

GIULIA HILL
Programmer Analyst
UC Berkeley Library


Summer reading: Dhalgren

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Dhalgren
Samuel R. Delany

A young man, “the Kid,” walks into the perpetually burning city of Bellona somewhere in middle America in the not so distant future–or is it the past, or an alternative present? An epic, oneiric tale that explores race, sexuality, gender, and class, written by the one of science fiction’s most famous authors.

DEAN SMITH
Library Assistant IV
Bancroft Public Services

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Mohsin Hamid

Moshid’s fascinating and insightful 2007 novel narrates the complex reaction of a Princeton-educated Pakistani to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

LISA GOLDBERG
Adjunct Professor of Economics and Statistics
Co-Director, Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer Reading: Everything Here is Beautiful

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Everything Here is Beautiful
Mira T. Lee

This story is Ecuador and New York and Switzerland and Israel and China.

This story is sisters and lovers and friends and mothers and doctors and shop owners.

This story is today and a long time ago and maybe hopefully even the future.

This story is people entirely whole and entirely broken.

This story is all of us.

CHRISTINE MULLARKEY
Undergraduate Major Advisor
Psychology Student Services

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: The Overstory

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The Overstory
Richard Powers

I loved this novel even though reading it was bittersweet. It tells a narrative about several different people and families through the nearby trees that are important to them. There is a nice comparison of people-years vs. tree-years, people’s needs vs. nature’s needs. The book spans many years in these narratives though much of it takes place in the present day. The messages in the book will really resonate, I think, for those of us that feel a special kinship with the natural world.

MICHELLE DOUSKEY
Lecturer
Department of Chemistry

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


September 4: Art For Your Apartment

 

Art for your apartment posterWednesday, September 4
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Morrison Library

The best way to appreciate art is to live with it!

Come see and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year.

Event takes place in the historic Morrison Room (housed within the Doe Library). A brief presentation will be followed by ample time to browse representative works and initiate the borrowing process.

Prints comprise a survey of movements and artists – from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Rembrandt to Miro.


Summer reading: A Darker Shade of Magic

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A Darker Shade of Magic
V.E. Schwab

This novel is the first of a three-part series, “Shades of Magic,” that deals with different worlds that only those with a certain level of magic can access. This magic marks those characters as physically different and leads to many superstitions about them across the worlds that they travel. While the setting of the series is fantastical (a world where the Thames shines red with magic!) the theme is universal: feeling like an outsider, like a different world must be better than the one you are in, and finally learning to fight for yourself and the beauty in your own world.

MICHAEL MAIRE LANGE
Permission and Access Officer
The Bancroft Library

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!